People who work in Structures

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  • Sam Lichtwark

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    James Russell

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  • Martin Hedlund

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    Andrew Flack

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    Audsley Jones

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    Simon McLoughlin

    Design Engineer, Simon McLoughlin at work
  • Royce Finlayson

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    Sylvie Myers

    Structural Engineer, Sylvie Myers at work

    Claire Washington

    Structural Engineer, Claire Washington at work

    Isabella Franks

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  • Darshika Premkumar

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    Pia Abercromby

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    Blair Lindsay

    Structural Engineer, Blair Lindsay at work
  • Sarah Neill

    Structural Engineer, Sarah Neill at work

    Ben Sherriff

    Structural Asset Management Engineer, Ben Sherriff at work

    Sarah MacKenzie

    Architectural Graduate, Sarah MacKenzie at work

    Nick Strachan

    Architect Associate, Nick Strachan at work
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    Adam Kelly

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    Ben Baty

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  • Liam Edwards

    Structural Engineer, Liam Edwards at work

    Rohann Da Silva

    Structural Engineer, Rohann Da Silva at work

    Kate Grinlinton

    Structural Engineer, Kate Grinlinton at work

    Robyn Murray

    Structural Engineer, Robyn Murray at work
  • Philip McDonald

    Structural Engineer, Philip McDonald at work

    Alana Thorn

    Architectural Graduate, Alana Thorn at work

    William McVitty

    Structural Engineer, William McVitty at work

    Kelly Sutherland

    Structural Engineer, Kelly Sutherland at work
  • Robert Ferguson

    Structural Bridge Engineer, Robert Ferguson at work

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    Sam Howell

    Structural Engineer, Sam Howell at work

    Ben Drake

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Structural Asset Management Engineer

Structural Asset Management Engineer

Ben Sherriff, Opus

Earning: $65-75,000
In a nutshell: Building and maintaining bridges and other infrastructure.
Why? “I like spending some time in the office but also getting outside.”

Pathway Dilworth School, Year 13: Calculus, Physics, Painting, Art History, Geography
University of Auckland: Bachelor of Engineering majoring in Civil Engineering

On an average day, about 165,000 vehicles cross the Auckland Harbour Bridge.  Ben Sherriff is one of the people who makes sure that bridge and others can handle the load.

As a Structural Asset Management Engineer with Opus, Ben works with a team of engineering professionals to maintain the city’s roads infrastructure.  He’s in charge of bridge inspections, structural design, and project management.  It lets him use his technical expertise to find practical, innovative solutions. 

“I use maths and physics all the time and a lot of technical knowledge for building aspects of the job, and I use specific structural design software. There’s lots of maintenance work, so there’s quite a bit of creative thinking to work around what’s already there.  

“I like the variation of the work, spending some time in the office but also getting outside.  I do a lot of liaising with clients, meeting and updating them.  I also do design work on different projects, and I have site visits once or twice a week.”

The experience he’s gaining at Opus will prepare him for managing bigger projects in the future.  Ben hopes to eventually be in charge of large-scale bridge construction.

“Everyone has different strengths, which is good for working in a team.  I feel that I’ve learned more since I began working than I did at university.”

Posted August 2011

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